Ebola Virus Disease

Cases of EVD may still occur and highlights the importance of maintaining surveillance. There have been a number of new small Ebola outbreaks (or ‘flares’) since March 2015. Healthcare facilities should continue to obtain a travel history in triage before completing full patient evaluation so that infection control precautions and patient placement can begin promptly when appropriate.

Current recommendations for assessing acutely ill travellers from sub-Saharan Africa are to:

  • conduct a risk assessment,
  • place the patient in a private room with a bathroom until the risk assessment is completed and,
  • follow infection control protocols, diagnostic and treatment procedures based on symptom presentation.

Advice on international travel is available from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Last updated: 23 May 2017